The Niger State Government has established a security outfit, Green Guards, to prevent the activities of bush burning in the state, thereby ensuring the preservation of the environment.
Speaking with reporters on Monday in Minna, the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Aliyu Tangwagi, said Green Guards had commenced patrol of the entire forests in the State
While advising the people against indiscriminate burning of bush, the Commissioner said such practice could cause a negative effect on the environment, adding that the state government will not tolerate such misconduct from the residents.
He continued further by saying step had already been taken to ensure the safety of forests as members of the Green Guards would arrest and prosecute those found setting the bush on fire.
He stressed that the green guards had since embarked on patrol of the entire forests in the state.
The commissioner solicited the support of traditional rulers to curb indiscriminate cutting down of trees and rampant bush burning in the state.
He said that members of the green guards would continue to work with royal fathers to ensure maximum protection for the state’s forests.